Hanuman Jayanti Utsav is the festival celebrated with great devotion throughout India to commemorate the birth of Hanuman the energetic god and ardent devotee of Lord Rama. It is celebrated every year on 15th day of Shukla Paksha during the month of Chaitra pournima, when devotees start visiting Hanuman temples since early morning. Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated as an important festival in Shirdi with great enthusiasm by thousands of devotees who reach this popular pilgrim place a few days ahead of the celebrations.
Hanuman Jayanti 2013
Like every year his year Hanuman Jayanti will be celebrated on 25th of April in Shirdi. Hanuman is known for his great power, strength as well as his incomparable devotion towards Lord Rama; hence devotees perform pooja for both. Like every other major festival Shirdi is decorated in traditional way during this festival. Starting with an early morning Aarti the pooja is continued at the backdrop of Bhajans and Kirtans in the temple. Sai used to stay in the Hanuman mandir near Dwarkamai. This temple is cleaned and decorated few day’s prior this festival. The temple looks brilliant with the illuminations and the oil lamps lighted inside it. Many people show their devotion and respect towards the god by sitting in front of the temple and repeatedly writing Shri Ram and Jai Hanuman. Special group prayers are offered to Hanuman to get rid of evil spirits. Hanuman Chalisa is recited by many aspirant devotees in front of the temple. Apart from the celebrations in Sai Baba temple complex, Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated in all other Hanuman temples of Shirdi with great pomp and devotion.
Festival time in Shirdi is the busiest time at this abode of Shri Sai Baba and people are flocking to Shirdi from many corners of India for getting blessings of the popular saint of Maharashtra on these auspicious days. This results in situations when means of transportation and accommodation in Shirdi are booked prior to the festival days. So it is advisable to book your accommodations in advance at one of the Shirdi hotels. You will be lucky enough if you are getting your accommodation in one of the hotels like hotel Sai Sahavas near Sai temple complex.